Donor gives fam­ily the per­fect Christ­mas gift

Or­gan trans­plant al­lows dad to spend fes­tive sea­son at home

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A NEW dad who un­der­went a heart trans­plant has been able to spend Christ­mas with his new­born son thanks to an or­gan do­na­tion.

An­drew Brit­ton, from Den­ham, sur­vived a heart at­tack on his hon­ey­moon in the Mal­dives in 2012 after he de­vel­oped the in­fec­tion my­ocardi­tis.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he stayed for nearly a year un­til he was even­tu­ally given a heart trans­plant.

In Oc­to­ber, Mr Brit­ton’s wife Lau­ren, a for­mer Che­sham Gram­mar School pupil, gave birth to a baby boy called Frank Fabio, de­spite doc­tors’ warn­ings that this may not be pos­si­ble due to Mr Brit­ton’s con­di­tion.

Now the cou­ple is pay­ing

FAM­ILY TIME: An­drew and Lau­ren Brit­ton with son Frank trib­ute to or­gan donors, who have al­lowed them to spend their first Christ­mas to­gether as a fam­ily.

Mrs Brit­ton said: “Two years ago we spent Christ­mas in hos­pi­tal with An­drew on life support, but this year we will be spend­ing our first Christ­mas as a fam­ily with our 11-week-old son Frank Fabio.

“This would not have been pos­si­ble with­out or­gan do­na­tion and we are eter­nally grate­ful.”

NHS Blood and Trans­plant is run­ning the Christ­mas List cam­paign this De­cem­ber to draw at­ten­tion to the thou­sands of peo­ple who are wait­ing for a trans­plant across the UK and to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to join the NHS or­gan donor reg­is­ter.

New fig­ures show that 34 pa­tientsinBuck­ing­hamshire have died while on the trans­plant wait­ing list dur­ing the past five years.

Sally John­son, di­rec­tor of or­gan do­na­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion, said: “Ev­ery year, thou­sands of pa­tients on the wait­ing list in Buck­ing­hamshire and around the coun­try have Christ­mas clouded with anx­i­ety and un­cer­tainty.

“Some se­verely ill peo­ple might spend the whole of Christ­mas in hos­pi­tal, just hop­ing they get a life-sav­ing trans­plant, while for oth­ers, their con­di­tion may mean they can’t en­joy Christ­mas tra­di­tions like the rest of us.

“So when you’re spend­ing time with your loved ones this Christ­mas, please take a few min­utes to sign the or­gan donor reg­is­ter and tell your fam­ily you’d be proud to be­come a donor.

“By telling those clos­est to you that you want to do­nate, you will re­move the bur­den of them hav­ing to guess what you would have wanted at a dif­fi­cult time.”

To join the or­gan do­na­tion reg­is­ter, go to www.or­gan­do­na­ or call 0300 123 23 23.

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